Tools and Skills

Eleven Brain Training Apps to Sharpen Your Mind

A scientific illustration of the learning process.

Brain Gain

If you’re the average American – and yes, we know, there’s nothing average about you, dear reader – you spend over seven hours per day staring at screens.

There are no statistics available for how what percentage of that time is spent watching adorable toddlers on YouTube or judgmentally scrolling through Instagram, but we imagine your eye-burning time could be better spent. So, to help you stimulate that noggin, here are 11 brain training apps to exercise your mind.

Train That Brain
When it comes to mobile brain training programs, Lumosity is likely tops – it’s even got published studies backing its effectiveness. Of course, competitors abound – neuroscientist-designed Fit Brains tailors training games to your needs, and Peak sets a schedule of six daily mind workouts. The sleekly designed Elevate offers challenges to improve twenty-four specific skills.

Some Puzzling Suggestions
Feeling trapped in your own mind? Great, because the Can You Escape app helps you feel trapped digitally as well! The game challenges players to solve puzzles and find hidden objects in order to advance to another room. And for the artistically-inclined puzzle lover, Watercolors challenges players to complete puzzles by combining colors.

We Know, You’re Smarter Than Your Friends
So prove it. BrainWars hosts real-time mental battles, while Cognifit offers the option to challenge friends to cognitive skill building games. And for those of you suffering from internal mental strife, the absurdly simple Left vs. Right makes you use both sides of your brain.

Chill Out and Think Back
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your brain is give it a break – especially after the rigors of Left vs. Right. Personal Zen is aimed to help reduce stress. And if what’s stressing you out is the inability to remember, try Eidetic. The app uses spaced repetition to help you remember important information.


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